I love when people give homemade gifts from their kitchens during the holidays — cookies, fudge, toffee…you know they spent a bunch of time making them, and if you get one of these gifts, you must have done something right that year. Baking for our four-legged friends is just as special and even easier (dogs are not picky when it comes to edible gifts). We have made these Bacon Grilled-Cheese Bones for our dogs several times, as well as for the sweet pups at the Richardson Animal Shelter. The best part is you can dump everything into a food processor and cut into whatever shapes you like.
Bacon Grilled-Cheese Bones (Adapted from The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook)
Enough rolled oats to make 1 cup of flour
6 slices of bacon
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup water
Grind the oats in a food processor to make oat flour. Measure out 1 cup and set aside. Cook and cool the bacon, then place in the food processor and pulse a few times until it is roughly chopped. Add the oat flour and remaining ingredients and process until a ball of dough forms (you can also do this with your hands in a bowl if preferred).
Roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thickness, using extra oat flour as needed so the dough doesn’t stick. Cut out shapes (we have bone and fire hydrant cookie cutters!) and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until the cookies are golden. Cool on a wire rack and store in the fridge.